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Weekend Concert Series

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Cello

Sunday, November 12, 2023
1:30 pm


J. S. Bach - Suite No. 2 in D minor for solo cello (c. 1723)
Gaspar Cassado - Suite for solo cello (1926)
Benjamin Britten - Suite No. 1 for solo cello (1964)
Edmund Finnis - Five Preludes for solo cello (2021)
Gwilym Simcock - Prayer for the Senses (2022)
Leo Brouwer - Sonata No. 2 for solo cello (2023)


The Gardner is thrilled to welcome cello superstar Sheku Kanneh-Mason to Calderwood Hall for his Sunday Concert Series debut. The 24-year-old cello prodigy is perhaps most well known for playing at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. More importantly, in 2016 he was the first Black musician to win the BBC Young Musician award. In addition to classic and contemporary works for solo cello, his program includes a cello sonata by legendary Cuban guitarist and composer Leo Brouwer, written specifically for him.

Sheku Kenneh-Mason, Cello, Photographer: Ollie Ali.


August 16 - 22, 2023

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Hemenway & Barnes LLP is the lead corporate sponsor of the Weekend Concert Series. The Museum thanks its generous concert donors: The Coogan Concert in memory of Peter Weston Coogan; Fitzpatrick Family Concert; James Lawrence Memorial Concert; Alford P. Rudnick Memorial Concert; David Scudder in memory of his wife, Marie Louise Scudder; Wendy Shattuck Young Artist Concert; and Willona Sinclair Memorial Concert. The piano is dedicated as the Alex d’Arbeloff Steinway. The harpsichord was generously donated by Dr. Robert Barstow in memory of Marion Huse, and its care is endowed in memory of Dr. Barstow by The Barstow Fund. Music at the Gardner is also supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which is supported by the state of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.